Three Isn’t So Odd

April 14, 2014


The rule of three pops up everywhere in in interior design, art, photography, and architecture. Threes and odd numbers give visual interest, impart harmony and give the impression of movement. Having an odd number in a composition means your eye and brain cannot pair them up or group them easily. There is always one thing left over, which keeps your eye moving throughout the space or composition. It is more interesting and keeps you wanting more.

With an even number of elements, your eye instinctively pairs things up which makes your space less dynamic and not as interesting. Why do we pair things up naturally? Perhaps it is because our body is balanced and designed in pairs: two hands, two arms, two eyes, two ear, etc. I agree symmetrical balance is important but sometimes it just isn’t enough.

David Brown
Mulberry Seed Design

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